Congressman seeks to end park’s designation as Lee memorial

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia congressman is pursuing legislation to remove Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s name from the official designation at the historic mansion where he lived before the Civil War.

The home, overlooking the nation’s capital and surrounded by Arlington National Cemetery, is a National Park Service site officially known as “Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial.”

Congress renamed the site in 1972 to add Lee’s name and designate it as a memorial to him.

But Democratic Rep. Don Beyer, whose district is home to Arlington House, said it’s time that Lee’s name be stripped.